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Indulging in the law


Psalm 119:97-104

Verses 99-100 I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on Your statutes. I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey Your precepts.


Following declaring his love for the law in yesterday’s verses, the psalmist talks about what that love means to him.


Today’s verses almost sound like bragging but they really aren’t. What they do show us is that not everyone gives the same attention to the law. This man of song wasn’t a self-righteous person seeking glory for himself. He was speaking in extremes to make his point. Unless we make a concerted effort to study the law we are going to be growing stagnant in our knowledge.


The question we must ask ourselves is what constitutes a proper effort of studying and does it happen in our lives. We can’t think we can spend more time doing things that benefit us only in this world and come to know the Word of the Lord in a deeper way. If we truly want to know the Lord and His law better, we must put in the effort to make it happen. We would do that with someone that we wanted as a friend so why do we struggle to do that with the Lord?


The psalmist declares that he has more insight into the law and the reason that he gives is the time he takes to meditate on the words that God has given. Meditating is a practice that we would do well to learn. It isn’t just reading a passage quickly so we can say that we have done our reading for the day. To meditate requires that we seek the deeper meaning of the words we are reading and so we read it over and over throughout the day as well as thinking about it during the down moments of the day. It is stretching the way we think about the passage and trying to see it from the perspective that it was given in all those years ago.


Next the song writer says that he understands more than the elders because he lives out the law. Again, this isn’t to say that the leaders had no knowledge of the law. They also studied the law, but the psalmist is making the connection to the need to obey it. Knowing the truth isn’t enough, we must act upon it. This man of song knew that it took more than just thinking about the law to make it a vital part of our lives. It is through the obeying the law that we know the Lord in a clearer, more personal way.


Making It Personal

Do you see yourself as someone who has more than a surface understanding of the law? How could you fit meditating into your day? What do you understand about that law that brings you to obedience?


Making It Personal Kids

How well do you know the Bible? Do you think about the truths of the Bible a lot? Why do you think you should obey the Bible?


Closing Prayer

Father, Your law is deeper than we like to think and it is important that we come to a deeper understanding of it. Please give us a desire to meditate, understand and obey Your law so that we can love You through obedience to Your Word. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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